As you know, on Saturday, March 9, 2013, I had my fourth workshop in taking my Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery™ on the road. This venue was Victoria, BC, Canada, and the day was absolutely astounding! Imagine: 45 of us, some with Parkinson’s, some of their spouses and partners and friends, my wife and one of our daughters, a few health practitioners, some from the Island and some who took the ferry, all in one place with one purpose…Parkinson’s recovery.
There was a buzz about the room that was empowering. We laughed, and we cried, we shared stories of Parkinson’s struggles and triumphs, we were strong and we were vulnerable. However, when all was said and done, we were recovery! Faith and hope filled the room. I have said many times that faith without action is meaningless for Parkinson’s recovery. Saturday’s group was a group of faith, hope, and action.
At 2pm when we began the afternoon session, everybody got out of their chairs to do the Recipe with me. Imagine 45 of us spread out around the perimeter of the room working through each physical part of the recipe, going over the nuances, having questions answered, modifications provided, and pointers given…at 3:30, my pre-set alarm alerted me that we needed to take a break. We re-convened at 3:45, and at 4, I had to convince the group sit down as there was nothing left in the physical part of the Recipe that was going to require them to stand any longer.
Some people had to leave a little early to catch a ferry. Here is a picture of those who were available for a picture (click on the picture for a larger view):
The Victoria group was a group of people not afraid of their Parkinson’s. The Victoria group was a group of people empowered in their Parkinson’s recovery — empowered individually, and empowered as a group. This was a room full of people not afraid to say, “I have the power to heal myself, and I am going to do something about it.”
Yes, the room was empowered…and the room was vulnerable…when fighting Parkinson’s includes love and hope and faith and compassion and gratitude and joy, we have to open our hearts and be vulnerable. The group in Victoria knew this, and we opened our hearts to each other, and to ourselves.
The Victoria Workshop was astounding…absolutely astounding!.
I hope all of you can take some inspiration from this group and keep working on the Recipe on your path to recovery.
At the end of Saturday, everybody at the Victoria workshop had hope, real, genuine hope, that Parkinson’s recovery is attainable…and every one of them left the workshop armed with the tools to stay on their path toward recovery with the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery™ and with the firm conviction to not leave that path until they are fully recovered. They know they are worth it!
You are worth it, too!
All my best,